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Old 12-08-2009, 07:23 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Lowered car...driveway curb bridge product

For folks with lowered cars and high driveway curbs; Driveway Curb Bridge - Exterior Accessories - Car Accessories - Griot's Garage. Unlike some other driveway curb products I've seen this one allows curb water to run under it. The downside is that it might stolen or your local curbsweeper moving it. From reading other forums threads folks either keep dragging plywood out too their curb, but the the best idea was to simply call asphalt company and have them graduate the driveway entrance.
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Old 12-08-2009, 08:15 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It varies GREATLY from area to area, but in the Toronto area, at my parents place, the step up was a little aggressive. Lowered cars had to be VERY careful, and even then, there might be a hint of scrape, mostly when reversing out onto the road.

So my pops called the city. A maintenance guy drove up in a work truck, took a 30 second inspection, came back a day or two later, and laid asphalt along the road to make a miniramp about 15" x the width of the driveway (just like this device you linked). It's been close to 5+ years now, no problems, smooth approach, and the city didn't charge us a penny.

Also, because this device goes on the road, which is city property and not yours, if you have a jerk of a neighbour that complains, the city could make you remove it.

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Old 12-08-2009, 08:41 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That piece of plastic seem very pricey! My car is very low, but I still don't have problems with scraping. Just use common sense when approaching inclines. Take them at angles etc...I just go slow over them. No issues yet and my car has been lowered for over a year with side skirts.
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Old 12-08-2009, 09:42 AM   #4 (permalink)
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I built one of my cars at a ride height of 4".

Great for the street, but unfortunately not for my driveway. I raised it about 3/4" (it still scrapes a tad unless I aim right) and it is much easier to get in and out now. For me, it isn't a curb, just the crown at the top of the drive, and to adjust it would require a wedge shaped addition of asphalt that always starts flaking at the thin end.

If you have any adjustment in your suspensions you might want to consider just raising the offending end (usually front on the Sol) just a tad. Because if you scrape at home, you are almost guaranteed to scrape somewhere else away from home too.

The low ride height really doesn't get you anything except a nice look, which may or may not be worth it to you.

Got under the car I was talking about last week and found that the odd bit of scraping had worn through the exhaust wrap under the passenger floor (which is ally sheet and will roast your puppies if it isn't insulated), so even a tad higher might be an idea for me.

Problem is that every time I adjust height I also have to look at the toe setting. It never ends. Good thing I decided against a front spoiler!

Needless to say I had the Solstice readjusted to stock ride height when I installed the BCR shocks in it!
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:20 AM   #5 (permalink)
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For me, it isn't a curb, just the crown at the top of the drive, and to adjust it would require a wedge shaped addition of asphalt that always starts flaking at the thin end.
Not necessarily. The city workers that did the asphalt wedge for my parents used nothing but hot asphalt, and tamping tools. It's been 5+ years in Toronto, with all the associated hot and cold that we get, the snow, the snow plows, the salt, etc. And to this day, barely any flaked away beyond the loose bits that happened in the first couple days/weeks.
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Old 12-08-2009, 11:31 AM   #6 (permalink)
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Not necessarily. The city workers that did the asphalt wedge for my parents used nothing but hot asphalt, and tamping tools. It's been 5+ years in Toronto, with all the associated hot and cold that we get, the snow, the snow plows, the salt, etc. And to this day, barely any flaked away beyond the loose bits that happened in the first couple days/weeks.
Sounds like they did a great job, especially as your climate has more variation than we do out here in Lotus Land (he said as the forecast is for snow on the weekend)

I still don't think I'd have left the car at a 4" ride height - just too much likelihood of problems somewhere on the road with speed bumps etc. And the slightly lowered centre of gravity really does nothing useful for handling - on the contrary, you have to watch out that you aren't introducing some bump steer, which can be troublesome or even impossible to get rid of, depending on your particular suspension.

Forgive the photo for being too blue - didn't colour correct it. This was with the lower height and about 4 deg. negative camber, since adjusted out to 2 deg.

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Old 12-08-2009, 11:45 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Apparently! It took 3-4 guys about an hour or so to create the wedge/ramp. They pulled up in a big work truck, towing a hot asphalt heater behind it. They swept the area briefly, one guy started shovelling material, the other 2-3 guys just tamped. Took less then an hour.

Coincidentaly, I was just on the phone with my pops, and he said, "5 years?! Son, it's more like 10 years, maybe more. Ha ha ha!

He and I both had our concerns because the street gets plowed all winter. But it seems to be holding up.

My pops just bought a brand new Highlander, so it's of little concern at all anymore for him. But it's great for me when I visit.

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Sounds like they did a great job, especially as your climate has more variation than we do out here in Lotus Land (he said as the forecast is for snow on the weekend)
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Old 12-08-2009, 02:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I have the HKS coilovers on my car and they are as high as they will go. They are very easy to adjust. My son has the GTO the Rhys Millen built and the front is very low, he can't drive in my driveway at all. Pedders who make suspension for the GTO had what I thought was very creative answer. They put lowering springs on the back, by dropping the back the front comes up a bit. I keep meaning to try it on the Solstice. When my son gets to speed bumps he rolls up and then punches it a bit, makes the rear squat and the front raise up a bit, surprisingly it helps.
This is my sons car it's kind of low. (it does not have the twin turbo or the decals anymore, still dyno's right at 400 hp)
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Old 12-08-2009, 05:28 PM   #9 (permalink)
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Interesting car!
A bit conspicuous on the street, mind you, though the removal of the decals would help...a littlte... ;-)
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Old 12-09-2009, 02:17 PM   #10 (permalink)
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He has gotten stopped 3 times by the Police and followed home once, because they wanted to check out the car, he did swap out the rear wing for a normal rear spoiler made of carbon fiber. the whole front end is carbon fiber and glass, as is the rear bumper, has the 5.7 Z0K motor in it, fun car. Makes a father proud, I think I am going to tear up.
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Old 12-10-2009, 12:22 PM   #12 (permalink)
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:37 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Over last weekend I had to get my oil changed and went to the dealership to have them do it. They know my car and love it. Everytime I go to get any service when I know it will need to be put up onto the lift, I have to bring my "Race Ramps" with me. They go under the front wheels, then after you drive the car up onto them, they can only then stick the lift arms underneath my Solstice in order to get it up off the ground (Talk about customer service! ) I keep them in my garage and use them all the time. Without these ramps, I can't do any work on a garage lift. I have to bring them with me to Discount tires also when ever I need the wheels rotated or new tires. It can be a hassle for having such a low car, but it's worth it. Some speed bumps in parking lots I can not go over at all. But most I can take, just have to go real slow over them.
Check these ramps out.
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These of course would not be good for drive ways, but I thought would share anyway.
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